BY: WILL ALDENBERG ‘18
On Thursday, September 29th, Marianapolis had its first ever College Colloquium to provide students with information on the college application process. The event was organized by the Marianapolis College Placement Office.
The colloquium replaced the school’s annual “Senior College Night,” and invited all Marianapolis students, freshmen through seniors, and their families to the event.
“The very idea of a college-oriented ‘mini conference’, now named the ‘College Colloquium’, was conceptualized earlier this summer and was our answer to approaching a traditional "college information night" in a non-traditional way,” said Mr. James Richardson, Director of College Placement. “We wanted an event which would engage all students and families in the college process in a meaningful and interesting way."
The colloquium began with a presentation in the school’s library, followed by three sessions where students and families could attend presentations of their choice. There were a total of seven presentations to choose from, including Financial Aid 101, Maximizing the use of Naviance, and “Your kids (and you!) will be fine!”
The sessions were taught by Marianapolis faculty, alumni, and outside visitors. The school welcomed Andy Strickler, the Dean of Admission at Connecticut College, Nicole Cunningham, Associate Director of Financial Aid at the College of the Holy Cross, and Tim Loftus Sr., a Marianapolis parent, and welcomed back Marianapolis alumni Rachel Eilerman ‘15, Garrett Downs ‘15, and Alyssa Jalbert ‘15. The Marianapolis faculty presenters were Monica Vitale, International Student Advisor, James Richardson, Director of College Placement, Tara Kelly, Associate Director of College Placement, and Lauren Moore, Director of Athletics.
Mrs. Kelly said that “It was a great experience for all who attended because it gave a new perspective and voice on the college process. Having our guest speakers, both alumni and college representatives, deliver these messages made them more real for those who attended. The breadth of experience created the wealth of the program that we hoped to offer to students and families.”
Richardson continued, “For whatever reason(s) they chose to attend, the Colloquium is an important event for all students and families, at whatever stage of the [college] process they may be… for some we wanted the Colloquium to be their introduction, that first step, while for others we realize it may be just one step along an already well-worn path to college.”
The Marianapolis College Placement Office has more great opportunities planned for students, including on-campus visits from colleges, Lunch & Learn opportunities, and the upcoming College Fair on October 13.